Tech companies unite to fight for Dreamers

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Tech companies unite to fight for Dreamers

If their permits expire on or before 5 March 2018, Dreamers could have applied for a second two-year permit before 5 October 2017 - those whose permits expire after 5 March will have to wait until a decision is reached by the U.S. congress.

The Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year that would allow these immigrants, often referred to as "Dreamers", to continue working in the United States, the documents said.

Nearly two dozen companies from tech and other industries are forming a coalition to lobby Congress for young immigrants in the U.S.to secure residency, according to a report in Reuters. According to Reuters, some of the companies have not yet confirmed their part in the coalition, though Uber and Intel both did. "If we are unable to protect these Dreamers, we will be shutting the door to an entire generation of individuals who seek to contribute their best to America".

"Uber joined the Coalition for the American Dream because we stand with the Dreamers", a spokesperson said. "We've also held town halls, provided legal support and launched an online Dreamer Resource Center for any of our drivers".

The message is in response to President Donald Trump's decision last month to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, which allows children of immigrants who entered the country illegally to stay in the USA under certain conditions. DACA - or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - was established by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. They should continue to be able to do so. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who called it a "sad day for our country".

The new coalition will involve numerous firms that signed the September letter. The group has planned to take out ads in news publications, though this is subject to change, according to an email last week seen by Reuters.

A coalition of prominent tech companies are reportedly readying for a Congressional lobbying offensive to allow illegal immigrants known as "Dreamers" to stay in the U.S. The stakes are high for these firms - a sign-up form for the group stated that 72pc of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies are employers of DACA work permit recipients.

The letter urges support for dreamers, immigrants illegally brought to the U.S.as children. He has left the fate of DACA up to Congress. He declined to comment on the new coalition.

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